Takeovers – Case Studies on Recent Bid Strategies & Their Rules

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Takeovers Webinar Overview

This 1.5 hour webinar is suitable for corporate lawyers and corporate finance practitioners requiring an in-depth understanding of current bid strategies and the rules within which they must operate. Some of the year’s most notable takeovers will be analysed as case studies to illustrate how the Takeover Code works in practice.

Takeovers Webinar Content

Comcast Corporation and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. bids for Sky plc

  • We will explore the commercial drivers and rules underlying one of the most hotly contested and high profile takeovers of recent years – the battle between Comcast Corporation and  Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc for Sky plc, which gave rise to rulings and appeals over a potential ‘chain-principle offer’ by The Walt Disney Company and culminated in a rare Takeover Panel-regulated blind auction. We will also examine the impact of the Takeover Code provisions on pre-conditional offers and the role of Sky’s independent committee.

Echostar Corporation’s potential bid for Inmarsat plc

  • The Webinar will look at the consequences of stake-building under the Takeover Code, in light of the disclosure by Echostar Corporation of its shareholding in Inmarsat plc and its position in Inmarsat plc’s convertible bonds.

CYBG plc’s recommended bid for Virgin Money (Holdings) UK plc

  • We will explore the FCA approval condition to which the takeover is subject, relating to the change of control of all FCA-authorised firms within CYBG plc and Virgin Money (Holdings) UK plc.

Petropavlovsk plc acting in concert investigation

  • We will consider the implications of reports that the board of Petropavlovsk plc has asked the Takeover Panel to determine whether a group of shareholders are working in concert to seize control of the company.

Background of the trainer

The trainer is a corporate, capital markets and financial services lawyer with 24 years private practice experience. Alongside fee-earning she sat regulatory and compliance exams and frequently delivered training to colleagues, clients and compliance professionals.
She has led seminars and workshops on corporate law matters including share purchase agreements, joint ventures, takeovers and financial services topics such as anti-bribery and corruption, the financial promotion regime and market abuse. In terms of capital markets, she has delivered training sessions on bond issues and admission to AIM. She is a regular speaker at Goodacre UK training events and has covered developments in areas including anti-money laundering, shareholders’ rights and whistle-blowing.

Takeovers Webinar Summary

This year continues to distinguish itself as a key time for takeovers in the UK. High profile bids have provided valuable insights into deal tactics and the practical application of the Takeover Code.

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7 December 2018